It doesn’t really matter the region or classification — any team is going to have a hard time beating Lee County this year.
The Trojans (2-0) opened as The Herald’s No. 1 team in the Fab 5 Poll, and that’s where they’ll stay after clobbering former No. 2 Albany on Friday at Hugh Mills, 42-12. And this one was all but over by halftime when Lee jumped out to a 28-0 lead — then fell asleep a bit in the third quarter and allowed the Indians to creep back to 28-12 — before putting the game away in the fourth with two more touchdowns.
Lee’s spread offense with loads of speedy wideouts and running backs isn’t just dangerous because of its depth, it’s lethal because the leader is the most talented of them all: quarterback Stephen Collier, who has already to commited to Urban Meyer and Ohio State. He’s a dual-threat to beat you with his arm or his legs, and he accounted for five of Lee’s six touchdowns in last week’s win.
“He’s a great player,” Albany High coach Felton Williams said afterward when asked about Collier getting the better of Williams’ own Division I signee, linebacker Juwon Williams (Miami). “You’ll see both of them playing on Sundays one day, you can bet on that.”
Collier and Lee will get their second Fab 5 No. 2 team in a row Friday when Westover, which moved up from No. 4 to No. 2 this week after beating a tough Jonesboro team on the road to move to 1-1, travels to Leesburg. The Patriots (1-1) replace former No. 2 Albany, which was dropped out after its 30-point loss to Lee.
The same is true about former No. 3 Bainbridge (1-1), which is gone this week after going its second straight game without scoring an offensive touchdown, falling to a mediocre Cairo team, 6-0. The Bearcats barely beat East Gadsden, 3-0, in Week 1, and while their defense may be the best thing going in this area in 2013, their offense is clearly suspect.
Taking Bainbridge’s place at No. 3 is Monroe (1-1), which bounced back last week from a season-opening loss to Brooks County. The Tornadoes handled Class A power Wilcox County, 26-7, and now hit the road for another test at Fitzgerald on Friday.
Nos. 4 and 5 spots this week go to a pair of newcomers: Crisp County and Seminole County, respectively. Crisp upset state-ranked Cook last Friday, 20-14, and Class A Seminole County beat Class AA Early County in Week 1 and steamrolled Turner County, 49-0, last week. Both the Cougars and the Indians are 2-0. Crisp plays at home against Valdosta on Friday, while Seminole hosts Clinch County.